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So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series

So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series

Are you an avid gardener and looking to step it up a notch? Are your gardening eyes bigger than your dinner plate? If you have ever considered selling your bounty for market, you will certainly need to do your homework! One such step you can take is to attend the UF/IFAS Panhandle Extension Team’s So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series.

There’s a lot to know if you want to get into this business! This series aims to introduce new or potential farmers to innovative and environmentally safe production practices, concepts of soil and water management, integrated pest management, how to grow for a farmers’ market, and farm financial management.

Agricultural professionals are actually in high demand. There is an estimated 60,000 highly skilled jobs in agriculture available annually, but only about half of these positions are being filled by graduates in agricultural fields. Additionally, Florida’s farmers are an aging group, and there was an 8% decrease in the number of farms and 26% decrease in acres of cropland from 2002 to 2012.

Fortunately, demand has greatly increased in recent years for locally produced specialty crops, meats, and dairy. There has also been an increase in the number of direct marketing opportunities and small farmers have been able to adopt new technologies, such as season extension techniques and local online marketing, to generate more revenue on small acreages.

The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is hosting the So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series to assist beginning or novice farmers as they navigate the many challenges of getting started.

If you are interested in attending, please register on the So You Want to be a Farmer? Eventbrite page. The cost is $ 10 per session, with sessions at multiple locations within the east Florida Panhandle.

Please see workshop dates and further details below:

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Author: Molly Jameson – mjameson@ufl.edu

Molly Jameson

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So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series – February 7

So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series  – February 7

Did you know that Florida’s farmers are an aging group, averaging 57 years in 2002 and 59.8 years in 2012? Also, in Florida, there was an 8% decrease in the number of farms and a 26% decrease in acres of cropland from 2002 to 2012.

Additionally, agriculture professionals are actually in high demand. There is an estimated 60,000 highly skilled jobs in agriculture available annually, but only about half of these positions are being filled by graduates with agriculture related degrees. These statistics highlight the importance of recruiting a younger farmer workforce and assisting new farmers with the many challenges they will face.

This is why the UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team is hosting a So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series on topics designed for beginning or novice farmers.

There’s a lot to know if you want to get into this business! This series aims to introduce new farmers to innovative and environmentally safe production practices, concepts of soil and water management, integrated pest management, how to grow for a farmers’ market, and financial management.

If you are interested in attending, please register and pay for the series on the So You Want to be a Farmer? Eventbrite page.

You can attend any number of the sessions you would like – please note the various session locations.

Further details below:

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Author: Molly Jameson – mjameson@ufl.edu

Molly Jameson

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/07/so-you-want-to-be-a-farmer-workshop-series-february-7/

Friday Funny: You Might be a Farmer

Wednesday, October 12th was National Farmer Day, an annual day set aside to pay tribute to the 2% of Americans that feed the other 98% of us. National Fill In Blank Day has been made very popular with social media as a neat way to draw attention to a meaningful causes.  If you missed it, you can check out all of the different things that have been posted this week using the hashtag:  #NationalFarmersDay for Facebook or #National FarmersDay for Twitter.

Back in 1993 Jeff Foxworthy, southern comedian, was made famous doing a stand up comedy routine called “ If you __________, You Might Be a Redneck?” that poked fun at crazy things rednecks from the south do that makes them stand out from the crowd.  This week’s Friday Funny is a humorous take on that idea that salutes unique things about farmers. Both of the photos below were actually taken this week at the Youth Fair in Jackson County.

if you have ever duct-tapped a pickle lid over the trailer wheel bearings as a dust cap to take your kids 4-H projects to the Fair, You might be a farmer? Photo credit: Doug Mayo

If you’ve  ever duct-tapped a pickle lid over the trailer wheel bearings as an emergency dust cap, so you could get our kids 4-H projects to the Fair, “You Might be a Farmer?” Photo credit: Doug Mayo

You Might Be a Farmer

  • If your dog spends more time each week riding in your truck than your wife does
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you’ve ever had to wash off your boots in the back yard with a garden hose, or strip down to your skivvies on the carport before your wife would let you in the house because of mud, manure or both
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If the 5-gallon buckets hydraulic oil comes in are almost as valuable a tool as the oil for feeding livestock or for portable parts or tool storage, and you’ve never-ever thrown one away that was not busted
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you’ve ever used baling twine or wire to attach a license plate, patch a fence, or to tie square-baled hay to the roof of your wife’s car
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you can remember the fertilizer rate, seed population, herbicide rate, and yields from farms you have rented the past three years, but cannot recall your wedding anniversary
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you’ve driven off the road while rubber-necking your neighbors crops or cattle
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you’ve used the same knife to castrate bull calves or pigs to cut up your steak at the dinner table or restaurant
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you have ever used duct-tape or a bandanna as a bandage for bleeding hands from barbed wire fence repairs
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you refer to land using the names of the farmers who owned them a generation ago
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If the equipment under your barn is 10 times more valuable than what is parked in your garage
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If buying new clothes and boots means your church clothes can now be used for work
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you have more hats for different occasions and outfits than shoes to choose from
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you’ve ever had to pull off the highway because stuff started flying off your dusty, cluttered dashboard because the windows were still rolled  down
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If your family becomes instantly silent when the weather comes on the news each night
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you can tell the difference between the smell of a skunk and the smell of a dairy
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If you can tell the difference between a bull and a heifer from a distance
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If family picnics are most commonly shared on the tailgate of a pickup truck during planting or harvest season
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If using an elevator relates to grain harvest rather than in a tall city building
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If regular social conversation with your closest friends at the local diner involves rainfall, equipment repairs, hybrids, or herbicides
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If your tractors and combines have working air conditioners, but your truck doesn’t
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If the biggest family vacation you have had in the last five years were the weeks spent at the Regional Fair with the 4-H or FFA steers, heifers, hogs, or horses
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • If spending time alone with your wife in the evening means she is holding the flashlight while you fix something
    • You Might be a Farmer?
  • And finally, if you won $ 1,000,000 from the lottery your life would not change that much. You’d keep right on farming, maybe with newer equipment and more land, but you’d keep farming because that is who you are and what you do
    • You Might be a Farmer?

I am sure you folks have some more ideas for this fun characterization of hard working farm life.  Use the comment section below to share more ideas for “If___________, You Might Be a Farmer?”

If you've ever tied hay bales to your wife's car to save a trip to town during Fair week, You might be a Farmer? Photo credit: Doug Mayo

If you’ve ever used hay string to tie square-baled hay to your wife’s car to save a trip to town during Fair week, “You might be a Farmer?” Photo credit: Doug Mayo

 

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If you enjoyed this week’s joke, you might also enjoy others from previous weeks: Friday Funnies

Farm folks always enjoy sharing good jokes, photos and stories.  If you have a good, clean joke, particularly one that pertains to agriculture, or a funny photo that you took on the farm, send it in and we will share it with our readers.

Email to:  Panhandle Ag Friday Funny

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

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Friday Funny: The Ornery Farmer

Angry FarmerClifford and Daisy were farmers who were married for many years.  Together they raised crops and cattle on some of the poorest land in the Florida Panhandle.  Life for them was never easy and it showed.  Their marriage was somewhat legendary in the region, because of their constant bickering, loud arguments, and things being thrown and broken.  As mean as they seemed to be towards each other, they were always seen around town together, and they never divorced or even separated.

Neighbors could hear the most heated of their arguments from some distance away.  Occasionally their yelling could be heard deep into the night. Clifford would shout, “When I die, I’ll dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life ol’ woman!

Neighbors avoided the odd couple as much as possible. Quite frankly, Clifford preferred people stay out of his business and to be left alone.  Clifford died when he was 87.

After the burial, Daisy’s neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, “Aren’t you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?”  She replied, “LET HIM DIG. I HAD HIM BURIED UPSIDE DOWN.  I KNOW HE’S TOO ORNERY TO STOP TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS!

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If you enjoyed this week’s joke, you might also enjoy others from previous weeks: Friday Funny

Farm folks always enjoy sharing good jokes, photos and stories.  If you have a good, clean joke, particularly one that pertains to agriculture, or a funny photo that you took on the farm, send it in and we will share it with our readers.

Email to:  Panhandle Ag Friday Funny

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news – Jackson County Extension Director – Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/23/friday-funny-the-ornery-farmer/

Okaloosa Veteran & Small Farmer Workshop July 21

Okaloosa Veteran Workshop cardLaunching and sustaining a successful business takes a wealth of resources.  Farm Credit of Northwest Florida and Okaloosa Extension are teaming up to provide a local workshop for veterans interested in starting a farm business, beginning farmers, or small farmers looking for help to expand existing operations!   Participants will meet local resource people that utilize a wide range of programs with funding and technical assistance targeted for veterans and small farms.

July 21, 2016
9 am – 2 pm

Okaloosa County Extension Office
3098 Airport Rd.
Crestview, Florida 32359

RSVP by 7/14/16

Online registration: http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx

Call in registration:  850-526-4910

 

Okaloosa Veteran Workshop sponsor

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Veteran & Small Farmer Seminar February 16

Farm CreditPlease Join Us!

February 16, 2016
9 am – 2 pm

Jefferson County Country Club
648 Boston Hwy – Monticello, Florida 32344

Launching and sustaining a successful business takes a wealth of resources.  Attend this local workshop to become more aware of the resources and assistance available to veteran and small farmers.

Workshop Agenda

  • 9:00 AM Pledge of Allegiance/National Anthem

  • 9:05 AM Welcome:  Congresswoman Gwen Graham

  • 9:20 AM Introduction

  • 9:25 AM USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service

  • 9:40 AM USDA-Farm Service Agency

  • 9:55 AM UF-IFAS Extension Service

  • 10:10 AM Break

  • 10:25 AM UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

  • 10:50 AM FAMU Extension Service

  • 11:15 AM Farm Bureau

  • 11:30 AM Farm Credit of Northwest Florida

  • 12:00 PM Lunch

  • 12:45 PM Florida Small Business Development Center

  • 1:30 PM Homegrown By Heroes

  • 2:00 PM Adjourn

RSVP by 2/9/16

http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx or 850-526-4910

 

Farm Credit of Northwest Florida
P.O. Box 7000
Marianna, FL 32447
www.farmcredit-fl.com

 

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Veterans & Small Farmer Workshop November 6

Veteran Farmer WorkshopNovember 6, 2015

9 am – 2 pm Central Time
Jackson County Extension Office
2741 Penn Ave Marianna, Florida 32448

Launching and sustaining a successful business takes a wealth of resources.  Attend this local workshop to become more aware of the resources and assistance available to veterans interested in starting a farming operation, as well as to existing small farm operations.

Workshop Agenda

9:00 AM Pledge of Allegiance/National Anthem: Chipola President’s Ensemble

9:05 AM Welcome:  Congresswoman Gwen Graham

9:20 AM Introduction:  Dave Cambron

9:25 AM USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service:  Jeff Norville

9:25 AM USDA-Farm Service Agency:  Shelly Sale

10:55 AM UF-IFAS Extension Service:  Doug Mayo & Matt Lollar

10:25 AM UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center:  Josh Freeman

10:40 AM Break

10:50 AM FAMU Extension Service:  Angela-McKenzie Jakes

11:15 AM Farm Bureau:  Allen Scheffer, Tommy Young and Trevor Tyer

11:30 AM Farm Credit of Northwest Florida:  Stephen Roach

12:00 PM Lunch

12:45 PM Florida Small Business Development Center:  Len Eichler

1:30 PM Homegrown By Heroes:  Lesia Andrews

2:00 PM Adjourn

RSVP by 11/1/15 to be entered for a door prize drawing
Online Registration:  http://www.farmcredit-fl.com/workshop.aspx
Call in registration:  850-526-4910

 

For more information, contact:

Lesia Andrews
Farm Credit of Northwest Florida

P.O. Box 7000
Marianna, FL 32447
www.farmcredit-fl.com

 

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Friday Funny: The Farmer and the Pond Crashers

Farmer and BasketThe Crafty Farmer and the Pond Crashing Skinny-Dippers

A well seasoned farmer owned a large farm in the Florida Panhandle.  After years of dedicated hard work on his land, he decided to rent out most of the farm and enjoy his retirement years.  Around his home he developed a huge garden that included a really nice fish pond that also provided his grand kids with a wonderful swimming hole.  He planted blueberries, satsumas, grapes, blackberries and a large vegetable garden.  The pond was fixed up nice too, with a dock, a slide, picnic tables, and some shade trees.

One summer evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn’t been there for a few days to look it over.  On his way out the door he grabbed a five-gallon bucket so he could pick some blackberries while he was out.

As he neared the pond, the farmer heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.  As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of  young women skinny-dipping in his pond.  He shouted “hello” to make the women aware of his presence and they immediately headed to the deep end.  One of the women shouted to him,  “we’re not coming out until you leave!”

Without missing a beat, the crafty farmer shouted,  “I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim or make you get out of the pond naked.”  Holding the bucket up he said,  “I’m just here to feed the alligator.”

With age we may slow down physically, but the mind still races on!

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One thing is for sure, farm folks always enjoy sharing good jokes, photos and stories.  If you have a good, clean joke, particularly one that pertains to agriculture, or a funny photo that you took on the farm, send it in and we will share it with our readers:

Email to:  Panhandle Ag Jokes

 

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Author: Doug Mayo – demayo@ufl.edu

Jackson County Extension Director, Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.
http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Doug Mayo

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/01/friday-funny-the-farmer-and-the-pond-crashers/